But the hype and anticipation, while warranted, needs to be balanced with a degree of preparation. Here are five key ways you can prepare for a school ski trip to make the most of it.
Know your level
It’s vital to know (and admit) your ability on the slopes before you set out on a school ski trip. Popular resorts in countries such as France, the USA, and Italy all offer excellent venues with various grades for the beginner and the more advanced sportsperson. If you’re confident on the snow, don’t be embarrassed to say so - it can prevent injuries and will ensure you get the proper attention rather than struggle on your own.
Know your destination
There are so many ideal locations for a school ski trip that it can be difficult to choose which one will serve you best. Both teachers and students want first-class facilities, a variety of slopes, extra-curricular activities off the slopes, and beautiful landscapes - who wouldn’t? Whether you want the luxury of the French Alps, the freshness of the US, or the glamour of the Swiss mountains, it’s important to know exactly which destination is most suited to your expectations so you won’t be disappointed.
Know your documentation
More than many other travel excursions, the school ski trip is best left to the experts to organize. But some aspects remain the students’ and parents’ responsibility. Before departure students need to be in possession of the correct documentation - whether it is for crossing borders, managing identification, emergency contacts, or for insurance reasons - without the right documentation a student’s trip may come to an abrupt end. While teachers and organizers will take up a large amount of slack, young individuals need to be aware of the expectations while traveling abroad.
Know your fitness
Intimately connected with the important aspect of knowing your skill level is the assessment of your general fitness when preparing for a school ski trip. Students need to know their limits in terms of what they can manage related to the schedule, terrain, activities, and health-related risk factors. For example, some students will find that at high altitudes they cannot keep up with a full day’s worth of shredding the slopes. Should they push themselves too far, they run the risk of having to sit out some part of their excursion. Be honest and don’t try to overdo things if you are less able than some of your classmates.
Manage your expectations
Ultimately, this boils down to knowing what you can expect from an excursion to the snow. Research your destination and understand exactly what you are heading into before you commit - false expectations are a sure-fire way to ruin an otherwise spectacular opportunity.